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Nancy A. Hall

Mother Dragon

Las Vegas NV USA | Member Since 2013

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  • A Nomadic Witch: A Modern Witch Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Debora Geary
    • Narrated By Martha Harmon Pardee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (297)
    Performance
    (262)
    Story
    (264)

    Spring brings a traveler to Nova Scotia - a tiny babe who will turn Marcus's life upside down and reincarnate the horrifying events of his past. Can Marcus find his way through the pain to love and healing? And can the witching community finally learn to keep their astral travelers safe?

    Karen says: "Heart Wrenching and Happy All at the Same Time"
    "Sweet and Warm story."
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    I really love these books! They are a sweet, warm, and funny respite in my hectic day and always leave me feeling happy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Belial Stone: The Belial Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By R.D. Brady
    • Narrated By Leslie Wadsworth
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    innocent discovery on a Montana ranch two years ago, sets off a series of events that may very well change the world . . . if it doesn't end it first. Professor Delaney McPhearson's life is turned upside down when her best friend, archaeologist Drew Masters, is found dead. Before she can deal with the heartbreaking loss, she is viciously attacked in her home by a man with inhuman fighting abilities.

    Kindle Customer says: "FUN! I'm looking forward to the next-in-series!"
    "Terrific, interesting (His)story"
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    This book was fascinating in its believable characters, fascinating villains, and just enough real history to make it all plausible.

    I look forward to the next in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Darkness Exposed: Mary O'Reilly, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Terri Reid
    • Narrated By Erin Spencer
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (42)

    Jeannine appeared in the room across from Mary. Her face was streaked with tears and she was visibly trembling. “Mary, I remembered,” she cried. “I remembered and it was awful.” The time has finally come for Mary to investigate Jeannine’s murder. As all clues point to someone in Bradley’s old neighborhood, Mary and Ian move into the former Alden residence and pose as newlyweds to set Mary up as bait for the killer.

    Nancy A. Hall says: "A Heroine deserving of Respect"
    "A Heroine deserving of Respect"
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    What made the experience of listening to Darkness Exposed the most enjoyable?

    The entire Mary O'Reilly paranormal mystery series is well worth listening to. Figuring out the villain and their twisted motivations is delicious, while the heroes and heroines are all people you would want to know. In today's day and age, it is so refreshing to hear stories without a lot of gratuitous sex, vulgarity, and unnecessary violence that are STILL supremely entertaining.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Cannot tell you my favorite scene without serious spoilers, but it is toward the climax of the story and I imagine it will be MOST PEOPLE'S favorite "Y...E...S..!!!" Moment.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The moving parts are always when apologies are made and forgiveness extended, because all of the main characters are people you would LOVE TO KNOW.


    Any additional comments?

    I am only reviewing this one book, but so far the entire series has been terrific. Much praises to Ms. Reid's storytelling abilities.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steam and Sorcery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Cindy Spencer Pape
    • Narrated By Helen Stern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (120)

    Sir Merrick Hadrian hunts monsters, both human and supernatural. A Knight of the Order of the Round Table, his use of magick and the technologies of steam power have made him both respected and feared. But his considerable skills are useless in the face of his greatest challenge, guardianship of five unusual children. At a loss, Merrick enlists the aid of a governess....

    Chitownmarcie says: "light read"
    "More, please!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The entire series is so very charming! It is lovely entertainment while running errands, doing housework, etc.


    What other book might you compare Steam and Sorcery to and why?

    There are several series right now with a similar flavor, mostly under steampunk urban fantasy, but they all have their own unique spins that make them not QUITE comparable. They should be enjoyed in their own rights: the Parasol Protectorate Series, the Shelly Adina "A Lady of...." Series, and a few other


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Modern Witch: A Modern Witch, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Debora Geary
    • Narrated By Martha Harmon Pardee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1085)
    Performance
    (976)
    Story
    (996)

    Lauren is downtown Chicago's youngest elite realtor. She's also a witch. She must be - the fetching spell for Witches' Chat isn't supposed to make mistakes. So says the woman who coded the spell, at least. The tall, dark, and handsome guy sent to assess her is a witch too (and no, that doesn't end the way you might think). What he finds in Lauren will change lives, mess with a perfectly good career, and require lots of ice cream therapy.

    ShySusan says: "Perfect antidote for vampire & zombie overdoses"
    "Sweet and Clever"
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    If you could sum up A Modern Witch in three words, what would they be?

    Sweet, Clever, And Engaging


    What other book might you compare A Modern Witch to and why?

    I have found this book and others in the series so far to be amazingly entertaining to listen to and read. The story is a gentle tale of discovery and a quiet moment amongst some of the faster paced stories I enjoy in the Urban Fantasy genre. The story's pace makes it one of a kind and unique without direct comparison at this time.


    What does Martha Harmon Pardee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The "narrator" in audiobooks is more of a voice-only actor than a mere copy reader. A good story teller makes or breaks an audiobook. Ms. Pardee nails it. Her voice timbre and ability to play each character makes the story believable and makes it easier to fall in love with these particular characters.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, I didn't have an extreme reaction to this series, which, ironically, made the stories all the more appealing to me. They were a respite, a calm island in the midst of danger-filled, fast-paced, nail-biting stories I otherwise prefer.


    Any additional comments?

    These Modern Witch books tell a lovely, heart-warming story that makes me wish this universe were real and that these characters were people I knew.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alone: A Bone Secrets Novel, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kendra Elliot
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (180)

    One rainy night in the woods outside of Portland, Dr. Victoria Peres is called to the site of a strange and haunting crime scene. Six beautiful young girls — all in white dresses and arranged in a perfect circle — have been left for dead. Only one girl, fighting for her life at a nearby hospital, has survived the carnage. Stranger still, the crime is an exact replica of a decades-old cold case. Things only get more complicated when Medical Examiner Seth Rutledge, Victoria’s first love, arrives on the scene.

    Trish R. says: "Just OK.."
    "Kendra Elliot Keeps Delivering"
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    I absolutely love how she ties all her characters and their various professions into cohesive yet unique stories. The stories just keep getting better and better and you end up caring deeply about the characters. More audible books please!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Buried: A Bone Secrets Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Kendra Elliot
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (210)

    Reporter Michael Brody is used to getting answers. The one that’s eluded him, though, for 20 long years is learning what happened to his brother, Daniel, the day his school bus disappeared. When the remains of the other children are discovered - and Daniel’s aren’t among them - a desperate Michael calls upon the sole survivor of the tragedy, Chris Jacobs, hoping he will finally break his silence.Constant fear of being found by his kidnapper has driven Chris into hiding. The only lead Michael has is Chris’s sister, Jamie.

    Karen says: "Kept me guessing until the end!"
    "Great story twists-FAVORITE NARRATOR!"
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    This book in the series had some amazing plot twists that kept me on the edge of my seat. Luke Daniels is my absolute FAVORITE male narrator-his other series "the Iron Druid" is also amazing! I think his range of characters is amazing!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Torchwood: The Exodus Code

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By John Barrowman, Carole E. Barrowman
    • Narrated By Daniel Pirrie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (65)

    It starts with a series of unexplained events. Earth tremors across the globe. Women being driven insane by their heightened and scrambled senses. And the world is starting to notice - the number one Twitter trend is #realfemmefatales. Governments and scientists are bewildered and silent. The world needs Torchwood, but there's not much of Torchwood left.

    Bonnie says: "Exodus Code an immortals adventure"
    "Heeerrree's JACK!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Torchwood for Torchwood fans. A fast-paced story that reads like watching an episode, including snarky commentary and sexual tensions. Who better to write Jack than John and Carole Barrowman? I would recommend this book to my friends who are followers of the series as a quick fix for withdrawals from one of the cleverest shows on television.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Torchwood: The Exodus Code?

    Without giving too much away, my favorite scene was with Gwen and Anwen in the grocery store... Because WHO HASN'T BEEN in that predicament? And now times 1,000!


    What about Daniel Pirrie’s performance did you like?

    Daniel Pirrie's performance was excellent. The only way the performance piece would have been improved is for John Barrowman to do it, but I understand that is completely unfair to Mr. Pirrie, who did a fantastic job that even hardcore fans like me can appreciate. Besides, he very competently switched between multiple characters, and, who knows, he may have been better at it than even Mr. Barrowman (blasphemy, I know)!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I would have loved to just listen on and on, but I save my audiobooks for drive time and ironically grocery shopping. I used the Whispersync feature offered by Amazon and Audible, which allowed me to switch between listening and reading. I ultimately DID finish both book and audio in a few days.


    Any additional comments?

    For anyone who loves to read and finds it hard to secure time to do so, in general, I have to recommend the whispersync feature all the way! Often, the combination of book and audio narration costs little more than purchasing only one separately, so why not? I think authors and performers should be well compensated for their efforts because they bring so much entertainment and value through their endeavors.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Frozen Heat

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Richard Castle
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (548)
    Performance
    (479)
    Story
    (486)

    NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat arrives at her latest crime scene to find an unidentified woman stabbed to death and stuffed inside a suitcase left on a Manhattan street. Nikki is in for a big shock when this new homicide connects to the unsolved murder of her own mother. Paired once again with her romantic and investigative partner, top journalist Jameson Rook, Heat works to solve the mystery of the body in the suitcase while she is forced to confront unexplored areas of her mother's background.

    ShySusan says: "Another good one"
    "Fun read for Castle fans"
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    If you could sum up Frozen Heat in three words, what would they be?

    Fun...fast paced


    What did you like best about this story?

    For fans of the show Castle, this a little puzzle piece that can be enjoyed on the go


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Towers of Midnight: Wheel of Time, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6549)
    Performance
    (4137)
    Story
    (4176)

    The Last Battle has started. The seals on the Dark One’s prison are crumbling. The Pattern itself is unraveling, and the armies of the Shadow have begun to boil out of the Blight. The sun has begun to set upon the Third Age. Perrin Aybara is now hunted by specters from his past: Whitecloaks, a slayer of wolves, and the responsibilities of leadership. All the while, an unseen foe is slowly pulling a noose tight around his neck....

    Jacob says: "Doesn't wrap as nicely as Gathering Storm"
    "LEGENDARY shoes to fill....Did GREAT!"
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    What about Michael Kramer and Kate Reading ’s performance did you like?

    I love these two performers. The two-narrator concept is fantastic for large epics with strong male and female characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Brandon Sanderson had the shoes of a giant to fill when finishing a masterwork of Robert Jordan...lots of hardcore fans to please and I think he did so brilliantly!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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